Languages in the primary classroom

Two-day workshop: 22 - 23 June 2017

This two-day workshop will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to investigate and report on the teaching and learning of languages in the primary school. Our focus will be on the symbiotic relationship between research and practice, how research should support teaching and how teaching should feed into research.

The afternoon of 23 June will be devoted to a practical exchange of ideas and experience, with participating teachers invited to give 5 minute talks on their classroom experience.

Presentations of research studies will include the following themes:

  • the teaching of MFL in the primary classroom
  • children’s motivation and attitudes to foreign languages
  • multilingual children in the MFL classroom
  • links between MFL, EAL, literacy and academic achievement
  • the role of the L1 for children with English as an Additional Language

Plenary speakers incluce Professor Constant Leung, King’s College, and Professor Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford.

Details and booking

Stay on Campus in Wivenhoe House, a four star country house hotel. Alternatively, there are hotels nearby, including The Rose and Crown Hotel, The George Hotel Colchester and North Hill Hotel and Green Room.

Distinguished Speaker Series

Uses of Multilingualism in Language Education: An Unfolding Story

Public lecture: 22 June 2017

Professor Constant Leung, King's College London, will explore how our understanding of bi-/multi-lingualism has been changing, the concept of 'translanguaging' and associated terms, to identify the pedagogic affordances and uncertainties engendered by the notion of translanguaging and related ideas from a language teaching perspective.

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